When I take my family to Walt Disney World, meeting the characters is a huge part of our vacation. I’m sure that will change as my children get older, so for now I am relishing it! Having a 5, 2 1/2, and 7 month old, I don’t want to have to do a lot of hunting around for characters, and it would be great if they could congregate all in one spot so that you can meet them all at the same time while only having to wait in one line. Oh wait! They do!
Character Spot is located to the right of the fountain in the middle of Future World in Epcot, and in my opinion is the single best way to meet the Fab 5 in Walt Disney World, and get fabulous photographs taken with them! I have heard that the characters sometimes vary here, but I have only ever seen Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, and Goofy. For my boys, these characters are the be all, end all, of everything Disney has to offer, so this place is perfect for us! There can sometimes be long lines, but the queue is located indoors, so at least you have air conditioning! In my experience it is less crowded during meal times. There are TVs near the ceiling in the corners of the queueing area that keep guests entertained with classic Disney cartoon shorts, and facts about Disney characters. Did you know that Donald’s middle name is Fauntleroy? I didn’t until I visited Character Spot for the first time!
There are Disney Photo Pass photographers ready and waiting to take your picture with each character, and a cast member has always been more than happy to take photos with our own personal camera for us as well. They have always been very patient and let our children spend a little time with each character.
I know some people argue that this takes away the spontaneity of meeting characters just walking around the parks, and I know that some people think that characters shouldn’t be in Epcot at all, but I personally as a mom of 3 little ones am happy to be able to have a place like Character Spot to meet the character demands of my children, and when my children are too old to care about the characters anymore, I will probably still drag them there anyway!